Memphis Calligraphy Guildsince 1987

since 1987


Membership dues are due by January 31st each year. There are 2 membership categories — regular and family.
Regular dues: $30; Family dues: $45


On March 24, 1987, the Founding Mothers (Elizabeth Brondos, Margaret Grace, Beth Mitchell and Norma Powell met for the first time to discuss the possibility of forming an organization for the many calligraphers in the Memphis area.

Burton n Bill - Guld 15th Anniversary
Meetings continued weekly toward the first gathering on Monday, May 11, when approximately 30 people cam to the Frazier-Jelke Science Center at Rhodes College. At this meeting it was decided that a Coordinating Council made up of the original four, plus those who had expressed an interest in being officers or committed chairpersons, would content the planning sessions for the summer meetings, with officers to be elected in September. A By-Laws Committee could work until that time, and charter membership would be open until the end of September.

Also at this meeting, Memphis Calligraphy Guild was chosen as the official name of the group. A logo contest was held, and at the second meeting the logo and newsletter masthead designed by William Womack we're selected. Bill was given an honorary membership for one year.

In December of that year, the first honorary lifetime membership was awarded to Burton Callicott, who had contributed so much to the art of calligraphy in Memphis for many years. Burton's certificate was lettered by Bill Womack.*

Current News

Guild History 2016

President: Gavin Anderson
Layering with Letters, Roann Mathias
Year-long Reggie Ezell Workshop

The Guild’s first Friend of the Guild presentation was given to the Art Center. Sandra Hudson created the calligraphy, and Gavin Anderson and Beth Mitchell made the presentation. The text of the presentation was: “As president of the Memphis Calligraphy Guild it is my pleasure to honor the Art Center with this very first Friend of the Guild Award in recognition of your ongoing support of the Guild and its members. We have also listed the Art Center on our website, in hopes that others will use you as a source of supplies and inspiration, as we have.”  

Guild members demonstrated calligraphy at the Delta Fair.

Monthly Guild Meeting

*For a more complete history of the Guild, please see the current Membership Directory.